until today where it would be happening. they just saw cnn eatocracy, they said yes, saved the date and we'll get them a drink and get them talking. >> i'm about to burst to have all of this great food that comes from everywhere, but to have it at this restaurant means so much to me. this is amazing. >> everything here at this table is going to share your story of who you think you are, who you want to be, what you ate, what you thought you were going to be and how food played into all of this. >> growing up in america, you know, i mean food for me was probably the easiest thing to understand about chinese culture growing up, things like that. >> my cultural identity is grits. it's an acronym for girl raised in the south. i'm grits harlem style. >> i eat everything. i eat chitlins, beans. >> amen, sister.